The Drowned World
With an Introduction by Martin Amis
A Liveright book
A new generation discovers "the most original English writer of the last century." —China Miéville, The Nation
Appearing in hardcover in America for the first time, this neglected Ballardian masterpiece promises to be a touchstone for environmentalists the world over.
First published in 1962, J.G. Ballard’s mesmerizing and ferociously imaginative novel not only gained him widespread critical acclaim but also established his reputation as one of the finest writers of a generation. The Drowned World imagines a terrifying world in which global warming has melted the ice caps and primordial jungles have overrun a tropical London. Set during the year 2145, this novel follows biologist Dr. Robert Kearns and his team of scientists as they confront a cityscape in which nature is on the rampage and giant lizards, dragonflies, and insects fiercely compete for domination. Both an unmatched biological mystery and a brilliant retelling of Heart of Darkness—complete with a mad white hunter and his hordes of native soldiers—this “powerful and beautifully clear” (Brian Aldiss) work becomes a thrilling adventure with “an oppressive power reminiscent of Conrad” (Kingsley Amis).
- July 2012
- 5.9 × 8.6 in
/ 208 pages
- Sales Territory: USA and Dependencies and the Philippines.
50th Anniversary / Paperback
Endorsements & Reviews
“JG Ballard’s recently reissued masterpiece, The Drowned World, shows him to be the most important British writer of the late 20th century.” — The Telegraph (UK)
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